Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Quotes: Heaven. Hell. Heredity. Heroes.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Heaven 135 Heaven as it is usually conceived is a painfully dull place. "Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless…." George Bernard Shaw. Portable Curmudgeon.

Hell 135 "Hell is other people." Sartre. Portable Curmudgeon.

Hell 206 "All hope abandon ye who enter here." Dante. Inscription over Hell in the "Inferno." Italian. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Heredity 50 Some of our most prominent personal characteristics come from relatives we hardly know. " A person may be indebted for a nose or an eye, for a graceful carriage or a voluble discourse, to a great-aunt or uncle, whose existence he has scarcely heard of." Hazlitt. 1821. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Heroes, Heroism
Heroes 607 " …we do not require our heroes to be subtle, just to be big." D.J. Enright. “The Marquis and the Madame.” 1953. Gross, ed. Essays.

Heroism 314 "You cannot be a hero without being a coward." George Bernard Shaw. 1907. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Heroism 314 People become heroes because they are disgusted with their meaningless lives. "…heroic actions are performed by such as are oppressed by the meanness of their lives." Thoreau. 1842. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Heroism 318 "Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy." F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1945. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Heroism 423 "Not a matter of heroism; matter of endurance." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Heroism 265 She was heroic because she had principle. "She [Fanny] had all the heroism of principle…." Austen, Mansfield Park.

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